I went to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame for the first time on tour last year, and made the much noted observation that the whole place is a giant sausage fest. I mean, sure. Guns N' Roses are entitled to their piece of the butt rock shrine, but within five expansive floors of rock memorabilia, female artists make up less than 15% of the museum. And where they are represented, the focus is on stuff like Stevie Nicks' wacky dresses and Madonna's more scandalous costumes. To be inducted into the museum, you need to be voted in by 600 music industry members (at a conference in LA last year, an executive for the Cleveland museum admitted that females are underrepresented among the voters .) So rest assured that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been voted in, while Joan Jett is up for her 7th year in a row of being nominated and not inducted.
Live Poll: Rush Leading!
For the first time ever, the 2013 inductees will be giving fans a say in the voting process... granted, it's a pretty small one; the top five artists in the competition will comprise a single ballot and be tallied up with the other 600 or so memebership picks. Fans are invited to cast votes for the 2013 class at rockhall.com, hbo.com, cnn.com and rollingstone.com; "There have been times that something has come down to one vote," says Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. "One vote can carry pretty great weight. We wanted to give people a small voice in the process as opposed to just an opinion on a website. We'll see how it goes. If everyone's comfortable with it, it could be expanded. It will be interesting to see how it matches up with the votes [of members]. It could be in sync or we could see a huge disconnect."
Last year, only one of the 11 potential inductees was female. With their occasional women's exhibits like last year's, “Women Who Rock: Vision, Power, Passion," they at least attempt to find a balance, but those always feel really weak in the grand scheme of things. And look, obviously it's not like I go to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame for my cutting-edge education on feminism or anything, but I did notice is that the museum is crawling with cool aging rock parents bringing a litter of their kids to check it out—it'd be pretty lame for them to get the impression that women have that small of a role in music history, right? You can cast your vote here!